Panel Discussion – How Can We Inspire City Officials with God's Shalom? (2020)

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Speakers: Christine Boyle, Dena Kae Beno, Trevor Vanderveen
Moderator: Jonathan Bird

Organization: Union Gospel Mission

Seminar Description:
Municipalities increasingly want churches to use our properties and people to help them create flourishing urban environments for the common good. We should say yes. But first, how can we get them to value the vital roles spirituality and religious observance play in forging the common good?

Speakers' Biographies:

  • Christine Boyle was elected to Vancouver City Council in 2018 as a member of OneCity Vancouver. She has a BSc in Urban Agriculture and First Nations Studies from UBC, an MA in Religious Leadership for Social Change from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, and is an Ordained Minister in the United Church of Canada.
  • Dena Kae Beno is the Coordinator & Community Infrastructure Development Specialist of the Housing & Homelessness Unit for the City of Abbotsford. Her scope of work also includes poverty reduction, child care, mental health and harm reduction. Dena has an M.A. in Anthropology/Sociology from SFU.
  • Trevor Vanderveen is Pastor of First Christian Reformed Church in East Vancouver. To seek the common good in the midst of the development boom, he has engaged city planners and councilors to ensure faith-based institutions are considered and protected in future redevelopment projects.
  • Jonathan Bird (Moderator) is a Church Relations Specialist with Union Gospel Mission. He's tasked with catalyzing clusters of congregations to help rebuild the social architecture of the Lower Mainland by joining in God's holistic responses to poverty, homelessness, and addiction in their own neighbourhoods.

Concentration: Local Mission & Church Planting